Baltimore issues Y2K party plan

October 20, 1999|By SANDY CROCKETT

Baltimore will usher in the millennium on New Year's Eve with fire and ice, masks, music and magic all along the Inner Harbor, the city Office of Promotion announced yesterday.

Free festivities at the city's New Year's Eve Millennium Celebration will include a magic show by Ray Girdley, storytelling by Jamal Koram and other activities for the kids as well as the music of the Mahoney Brothers, DJ Dan the Man Gladding and Mama Jama, a resolution sculpture and "MasqueParade," with giant puppets, mask-wearing walkers, drummers and local marching bands. The Juggling Hoffmans, a husband-and-wife team, blend music, comedy and daredevil stunts.

The resolution sculpture, "Turning Point: Mankind's Millennium Messages" by the artist ArchiSomething, offers passers-by at McKeldin Square the opportunity to offer up hopes and dreams for the year 2000 and beyond.

The exclamation point will be what the city calls the largest fireworks display ever to light the skies above the Inner Harbor courtesy of Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and choreographed to music.

New Year's Eve on Ice, at the Ice Rink at Rash Field, will be a skating party with astrologers, karaoke and exhibitions. A fee of $12 for adults and $8 for children covers skate rental, party favors and a hot beverage.

The New Year's Eve Millennium Celebration begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and ends at 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2000. It is being produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion, Harborplace and The Gallery and is sponsored by WJZ-TV and radio station MIX 106.5.

"MasqueParade" begins at 10 p.m., the fireworks at midnight. There will be another fireworks display at 6 p.m. on New Year's Day.

The New Year's Eve events will go on rain or shine. For more information, call 888-Baltimore or go online at www.bop.org.

Pub Date: 10/20/99

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